President Barack Obama will be participating in a national call-in and webcast with faith leaders next Wednesday night, August 19. The call is being sponsored by a network of faith-based groups including Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Faith in Public Life, Sojourners, the National Council of Churches, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. The call-in will be the centerpiece of a lobbying effort called "40 Days for Health Care Reform."
PayScale.com has just released its second annual rankings based on how much money a graduate makes. Notre Dame first year grads' starting median salary is $55,300, while ND midcareer alums make $121,000.
Next in line: Jesuit schools, Santa Clara University and Georgetown University, where first year grads' median starting salary is $58,000 and $57,000 respectively, while midcareer grads make $111,000 for each school.
Like other rankings, PayScale.com is being challenged on its methodology.
Critics of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious often blame the huge drop in sisters to the Conference's promotion of liberal or "renewal" theology.
At the same time, however, under two strikingly conservative popes, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and a prevalence of conservative American bishops, the ranks of the priesthood have dramatically thinned, a third of those born Catholic have left the church, mass attendance and confessions are down and there are fewer church weddings.
Michael Paulson of The Boston Globe writes a fine article on the return of Eucharistic Adoration at St. Clement Shrine in the City of Boston. Apparently, the practice was re-ignited by a few lay people, and not because the New York Yankees just swept the Boston Red Sox in four straight games this past weekend. No. This has been in the works for some time. Good for them.
I have always had respect for the late Archbishop Joseph Bernardin. In so many ways he was an exemplary leader. But it is also clear he had a blind spot, one shared seemingly with nearly all the other U.S. bishops of his time and far more than any one might imagine possible today.
According to a new Gallup poll, about 24% of all American adults identified as Catholic between January and June of this year. The distribution of Catholics across the states is heavily skewed toward the New England and Mid-Atlantic states, the regions of the country through which the large waves of Catholic immigrants from Europe arrived in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The news today that the unemployment rate dropped is unabashedly good. Of course, almost a quarter of a million jobs were lost last month, a piece of data that contains an enormous amount of human suffering. And, the White House says it still expects the unemployment rate to rise to 10 percent by year’s end.
It will be curious to see how the administration’s opponents will respond to the news. Just yesterday, they were arguing that the stimulus bill was not working, although it was always clear that it would take more than a few months for the effects of the stimulus to be felt; You don’t just plunk billions of dollars into the economy, you have to identify projects and get them the funding.
Today's Bloomberg article notes that President Obama's administration is open to nonprofit health insurance cooperatives.
After Labor Day, Daniel Ellsberg’s Web site, , and some other sites including Truthdig, will start regular installments of his insider’s memoir of the nuclear era—“The American Doomsday Machine”—an Internet book reflecting his earlier classified work and 40 years of research.